Who wouldn’t want to add subtle contour and a sunlit shimmer to their face?
A great bronzer instantly brings life to the face (just look what it does for J. Lo). Applied correctly, it adds radiance, the look of health and sex appeal. It can highlight and improve the contours of the face whether or not foundation or other make-up products are used. (CLICK THROUGH TO VIEW OUR VIDEO.)
Bronzing is also a safe, quick way to tan your face, with none of the long-term commitment an authentic tan requires (to both acquire and keep)—plus a bronzer tan washes off at the end of the day.
Bronzers come in a variety of formats, but I like the powder version best. Powder can be loose or pressed. By far the most convenient and easiest to use is pressed powder bronzer. On the surface, bronzing may look easy, but there are a few things to consider.
4 Things To Consider Before Choosing A Bronzer
1. Skin Tone—Those with fair skin should stick to golden peach to golden coral shades. Light to medium skin tones look best in golden auburn to golden plum shades. Those with deeper skin tones should choose golden brown to golden burgundy shades.
2. Finish—The most universally flattering finish is semi-matte. Too much sparkle can obscure the facial contouring and not enough shine can make the complexion look dull.
3. Colour Saturation—An opaque wash of colour looks obviously fake, but if the colour is too sheer the definition is lost.
4. Applicator Brush—The right tool is always efficient and delivers the best application. I find that full, rounded brushes work best for bronzing. Two brushes I like are Smashbox brush #19, which offers superior craftsmanship and soft, luxurious bristles ($68); and Lise Watier All-over Powder Brush, which is great value for the price and comes in a small travel-friendly plastic pouch ($29). —Allison Every
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